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NIJC-MCHR Not Too Late for Reform Report

NIJC-MCHR Not Too Late for Reform Report

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Not Too Late for Reform
A Report from the Midwest December 2011
A Call for President Obama toClose Failed Immigration Detention Facilities,Halt Costly Privatization& Restore Basic Human Rights
 
“The Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center and the Midwest Coalitionfor Human Rights provide yet another timely reminder that in the Midwest the conditionsthat gave rise to the federal immigrant detention reform initiative persist; that the oldsystem remains largely intact; and that signi
 fi 
cant progress is still needed in creatinga system more appropriate to a civil population. “
— Donald Kerwin, Executive Director,Center for Migration Studies
“There is a critical need for effective independent oversight of all places of detentionto ensure that conditions are appropriate and humane, and to provide detainees andstaff with the knowledge that someone is watching and reporting on their treatment. But monitoring conditions in remote county jails is exceedingly dif
 fi 
cult, which makes thesedetainees even more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.”
— Michele Deitch, Senior Lecturer,Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas
“Many detainees are already suffering from chronic health issues as a result of the physical and psychological trauma they endured in their countries of origin or on thejourney to the U.S. When they are incarcerated in isolated county jails, where physicaland mental health services are either sub-standard or altogether unavailable, theirhealth can deteriorate rapidly and often irreversibly.”
— Christy C. Fujio, Esq., Asylum Program Director,Physicians for Human Rights
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
is aChicago-based nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuringhuman rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants,refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combinationof direct services, policy reform, impact litigation, and publiceducation. www.immigrantjustice.org
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights
is a network of 56organizations collaborating to promote and protect human rightsin the Midwest region, in the U.S., and internationally. Workingtogether, the coalition provides broader visibility for urgent humanrights issues in the Heartland and projects a strong Midwest advocacyvoice in the national and international human rights debate.www.midwesthumanrights.org
About the Authors
Not Too Late for Reform: A Report from the Midwest
 
Table of Contents
I. Summary and Background ....................................... 2II. Advocacy Expertise .................................................. 3III. Sub-Standard Detention Conditions ...................... 3IV. Private Prisons Add to the Problem ....................... 9V. Urgent Action Plan for 2012 .................................. 11
Not Too Late for Reform
A Call for President Obama toClose Failed Immigration Detention Facilities,Halt Costly Privatization& Restore Basic Human Rights
A Report from the Midwest December 2011
1Not Too Late for Reform: A Report from the Midwest

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